Just Wasn't Our Day
Français ripostent - allemand prend contrôle de la qualité trop loin!
French retaliate - German takes quality testing too far!
Just Wasn’t Our Day
Kiel 13 – Exiles 0
What with having 3 resounding wins on the trot, you couldn’t help but think that this could be the turnaround in our fortunes against Kiel. With Sam heading off again, everyone wanted to send him off with another win under our belts.
Whilst Colin was unable to play due to injury, the team was pretty much as it had been since Christmas. Woody had travelled back over from NZ for another game and the “Tank” was also available.
Kai was given a rest for the start of the game, allowing Bob to start up front with Sam and Juan. The powerhouse remained the same with Tjark and Basti B, whilst Alberto, Fred and Daniel made up the rest of the pack.
With Tom unable to play again and Alexis still testing his shoulder out, I decided to put Woody straight in at 9 moving Rich even further out to 10. Tag, Vlad, Arne, Nik and Basti B making up the rest rest of the positions (with a full bench to boot)
With the trip to be made by train, it was decided that we would get there in good time, thus prevent the last minute warm up. Moods and confidence seemed high even though we knew this would be a hard game to win.
Unfortunately we didn’t get the first try in the first 5 minutes this time around. Kiel managed receive the kick off and they instead headed down the pitch to our 22. With the Exiles putting in some early defensive work, Kiel knocked on, allowing Tag to pick the ball up (presumably on the advantage rule) only to be hit by a number of Kiel players……. No worries, should be our ball…. Alas no, either the ref didn’t see it or, well lets just say that that set up the tone for the game.
Unfortunately what confidence we had had somewhat diminished with the boys not talking, and things just not quite going our way. It wasn’t long before Kiel earned a penalty and took the lead.
The pack were being affected by the seriously long pause before the ball was put in, and unfortunately my decision to try Rich as 10 wasn’t working, thus he moved back into the 9 position with Woody moving to 10.
It wasn’t long before Kiel had giving Kiel yet another penalty for something, though for the life of me I couldn’t work it out, thus taking a 6-0 lead.
Tag unfortunately had to be pulled out with an ankle injury, allowing Lennart to take to the pitch. He however wasn’t enough to prevent Kiel pulling a chip and run move to earn them a try.
Kiel 13 – Exiles 0
The half time talk posed more questions than anything else as even the lads were unable to work out what exactly was going wrong. It felt as though everything they tried was being penalised by the referee and unfortunately things didn’t get much better in the second half.
The exiles were still being prevented to play as such frustrations were starting to boil over, with both teams being told to cool it down. Unfortunately a certain Kiel player (Mr T) tested his luck that little bit too far, by grabbing a normally Mr Suave and debonair French guy’s (all tanned from his recent holiday away) “couilles” little too fondly which resulted in Fred retaliating and punching him!! At this stage, I think he would have got away with it, however a bit of handbags followed, resulting in Fred putting another one in on their No 9……. This time the ref saw it and issued the Red card.
Ah well, with nothing to lose the changes were run changes were made with Hendrik coming on for Alberto, Kai coming on for Juan, Tim on for Arne and Darren on for Vlad.
The exiles, fuelled with anger and passion were now starting to put some serous pressure on Kiel and very nearly earned a try with Daniel missing the line by inches.
Kiel 13 – Exiles 0
Not the most enthralling of reports this week. Whilst we didn’t start the game in the manner of the previous games, it felt as though we were on an upward treadmill for the entire game. I shouldn’t have a go at the referee, and no, I wouldn’t want to be one, but to have Gunnar ask the same if not more questions seemed to confirm my thoughts.
Well considering we were supposed to be saying goodbye to Sam, he didn’t stay long…….. So for those that won’t be able to see him before he goes….. so long mate, see you around soon.
Anyway, whilst it took the lads a long time to cool down after the game, the 3rd half did eventually kick in and of course we won – well done Gunnar, I think you’ll go down in history at a certain little haunt! Nothing more to be said…..
Man of the match
Difficult one. Could have been Fred, not for getting the red card, but for at least getting one in on Mr T.
However, whilst he may not feel that he deserves it, the team decision goes to Bob. Whilst the report might not straight it, he was putting his body on the line and keeping the team in the game throughout.
So, a 3 week break (which includes a tour to the UK) and then the old enemy twice on the bounce. St Pauli. Should be a good end to the season. Remember, both home and away games will be held in Hamburg…… no excuses!!!